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Tuesday, 25 February 1975
Page: 665

Mr SPEAKER - Until the Clerk just spoke to me I thought that the honourable member had not digressed from the suspension of Standing Orders. I ask the honourable gentleman to keep to the reasons why Standing Orders should be suspended.

Mr LYNCH -The suspension of Standing Orders is sought to enable the Opposition parties to place on the written record the objections which industry groups throughout Australia have to the precipitous haste with which this Bill has been introduced and to do that -

Mr Enderby - Mr Speaker,I rise on a point of order.

Mr LYNCH - The Minister is becoming very sensitive at such an early stage of the debate, but I can understand that.

Mr Enderby - If the reason that Standing Orders should be suspended is so that the Opposition can complain that it is not ready to proceed, the opportunity for that is in the second reading debate. It is not a reason for raising the matter on a motion for the suspension of Standing Orders.

Mr SPEAKER -No point of order is involved on that score.

Mr LYNCH - I thank you for the indulgence of the Chair, Mr Speaker. As I was endeavouring to make clear to the Attorney-General, the Australian Associated Stock Exchanges have indicated that their members are greatly concerned that the debate on this Bill has been brought forward to this week and indeed at very short notice. The organisation goes on in the telegram which I mentioned, to say this:

We fear that neither members of your Government or of the Opposition, or even your new Attorney-General, can yet be in a position to take part in an informed debate on what is a major and complex piece of legislation. The Stock Exchanges late last week submitted lengthy comments on the Bill to the Attorney-General's Depanment but it would seem that neither the Departmental officers or the AttorneyGeneral himself will have yet had time to consider our detailed proposals. We also understand that various other interested parties have not yet completed their submissions. Therefore, we earnestly request that debate be deferred until Parliament can be better informed. Otherwise attempts by your Government to improve business confidence can only be seriously damaged -

The Institute of Directors has cogently and compellingly expressed the same view. It also has sought opportunity for consultation with the Attorney-General and with officers of his Department. The Australian Chamber of Manufactures said this to the Government:

Deeply concerned -

Mr Berinson - I rise on a point of order, Mr Speaker. We are really reaching a stage of farce with the introduction of this matter. I think the best way of demonstrating it is to ask: What could possibly be left to the Deputy Leader of the Opposition to say if the House did agree to the suspension of Standing Orders? He is saying everything now for which he is seeking an opportunity to speak later. I think that some semblance of moderation has to be shown on his part as well as that of other members of the House.

Mr SPEAKER - Actually I do not have a copy of the Bill before me. It would be difficult for me to make a decision in regard to whether the Deputy Leader of the Opposition is touching the subject matter or is just reading out protests from some organisations. I ask the honourable gentleman to keep to the reason why Standing Orders should be suspended.

Mr LYNCH - It is for these various reasons that the motion for the suspension of Standing Orders has been moved, in order that the House should have an adequate opportunity to debate this vital legislation in a meaningful fashion. We do not seek undue delay. We would be happy to debate this legislation during the first week after the forthcoming parliamentary recess. If the Attorney-General insists on pressuring the legislation through the House I believe he will do a grave disservice to the objectives of the Bill which he has introduced.

Mr SPEAKER -The honourable member's time has expired. Is the motion for the suspension of Standing Orders seconded?

Mr SPEAKER -Is the motion seconded?

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